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Distance May Not Be Enough to Protect From Disaster

By Tom Herrin

People in this area are fortunate enough that they didn’t suffer directly as a result of Hurricane Harvey.  Most people probably know of someone who did.  So many shelters had to be opened around the state that just about everyone was affected in some way.  Many had the opportunity to help either financially or physically.  It is important to remember that just because you may be a few miles away from disaster, it doesn’t mean that you are exempt from future ones.  Whether it is hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, earthquakes, or some other kind, it can happen anywhere when it is least expected.  Every family needs to have some kind of disaster plan; take part in developing it, and know how to execute it.

A Family Night Of Planning Is Great For Building Bonds

When the entire family is involved in any project, every member can feel some ownership in the outcome.  Children can play a big part and also buy into the importance of the disaster plan.  It is critical for everyone to understand the importance of forming and carrying out a plan.  When decisions about these kinds of things can be made ahead of time, lives may be saved and survival can be much more comfortable.

Including The Essentials Is Important

People need to identify the most important things to include in a survival box or bucket.  Bottled water is probably the most important of things to have.  When Beaumont’s water system failed, water was in critically short supply.  There is no guarantee that enough can be shipped in.  Food that can be opened easily and eaten without cooking is another important component.  It should not require water since that may be limited.  First aid supplies are essential, and everyone should have some training in how to use them.  The last thing to include should be copies of important documents such as birth certificates and insurance papers.  All of this should be packed in something that can be grabbed and carried out on a moment’s notice.

Everyone Should Know The Trusted Resources

Whether it is where to get information about the impending disaster or where to go for help, your family should understand the best places for such information.  Each family member should know where to find life-saving information such as when to evacuate.  They should also know where to go for help.  Most shelters maintain lists of those who stay there so that families may be reunited as quickly as possible.  There is no distance that is a guarantee of safety from disasters, but a good plan can protect your entire family.

Also important is being in good health to withstand the turmoil your life will be in. Don't take your health for granted, either.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Cedar Park, Tex.

 

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